Professional Development Opportunities

Below is a list of professional development opportunities offered at BCTC and at venues external to BCTC. Those opportunities that are offered by BCTC groups and/or opportunities that are available at a low cost are noted for your convenience. Links to the Teaching and Learning Center and the Technology Tutorials and Training are also available in the navigation bar to assist BCTC employees with their professional development needs.

To include other PD opportunities on this page, please contact Miranda Hines.

Opportunity (Click on link for more information)

Date

Offered
by Groups
at BCTC

Offered
at a
Low Cost

Supervisory Discovery Network Dates Vary
X X
Payroll Training for Supervisors  Dates Vary
X
X
Creating a Culture that Engages and Retains Millennials Aug. 3, 2016   X
The Methodology: Selecting a Research Design for Your Study Aug. 4, 2016   X
Developing an Academic Mentoring Network
Aug. 11, 2016
  X
Getting in Sync with Your Tenure Clock Sept. 8, 2016
  X
Finding and Focusing Your Dissertation Topic: Setting out on Your Dissertation Journey Sept. 15, 2016   X
Publishing Your Dissertation Research Sept. 22, 2016   X
Dale Carnegie Skills for Success: Free Preview Session Sept. 27, 2016   X
Publishing Your First Journal Article
Oct. 13, 2016
  X
The Review of Literature: Finding Your Way Out of the Literature Fog
Oct. 20, 2016
  X
Academic Branding: Improving Your Visibility, Network, and Career Opportunities Oct. 27, 2016
  X
Writing an Academic Book Proposal, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing Nov. 2, 2016
  X
The Dissertation Proposal: Aligning Your Problem, Purpose, and Research Questions Nov. 17, 2016   X
Dale Carnegie Skills for Success: Free Preview Session June 20, 2017
  X
@ONE Project Ongoing   X
ADA QuickClasses Ongoing
  X
ADA Resources & Training Ongoing   X
Canvas Network
Ongoing

X
CLEP Online Training Sessions Ongoing
X
Continuing Education and Professional Development Ongoing X X
Coursera Ongoing   X
EDUCAUSE LIVE! Ongoing  
ED2Go - Personal Enrichment/Professional Development Courses Ongoing X X
Friday Live! Ongoing   X
Innovative Educators Ongoing
X
KCTCS Leadership Courses Ongoing   X
KCTCS Technology Training and Learning Center Ongoing
  X
Lexington Public Library, Online Learning Collection Ongoing   X
National Seminars Training Ongoing
X
QEP/Read for LIFE Professional Development Ongoing  
The Remote Advisor Ongoing X X
WADA ADA Live! Ongoing   X

DATES VARY: Supervisory Discovery Network

This network offers a variety of supervisory training for new and experienced supervisors. Face to face sessions will address skills such as employee relations, team building, family medical leave, PPE planning, and more.  Dates, locations, and session topics are below. In addition, copies of the 2013-14 Supervisory Training PowerPoint presentations addressing communication, coaching, change management, and organizational development are available on the PD Resources Page. Other opportunities are available in the KCTCS Leadership Courses linked at the bottom of this page and also through scheduled webinars shown on this page.  All full-time supervisors at BCTC are encouraged to take advantage of these training opportunities.

  • August 2, Newtown, CB207, PPE Planning and Review
  • Other 2016-17 sessions TBA

Register Here

For more information, contact Miranda Hines.

DATES VARY: Payroll Training for Supervisors

The Payroll Office offers Payroll Training for Supervisors throughout the year. If you are a new supervisor and need training on your responsibilities related to payroll processes; if you are a long-term supervisor and just need a refresher, or if you have questions and issues related to payroll you would like to discuss, please join us.

For more information, go here, or contact Kathleen Hicks.

August 3, 2016 | Creating a Culture that Engages and Retains Millennials, sponsored by Dale Carnegie Training | Sullivan University, 2355 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY | 9:00am-11:00am | Cost: FREE

Their work habits are different. Their values are different. They care more about work life balance and less about money. They want you to give responsibility rather than earn it. And they are entering the workforce at record rates - they are the millennial generation.

Dale Carnegie Training in partnership with MSW/ASR research conducted a study among millennials to find out what drives engagement with this emerging workforce. Join us for a workshop as we uncover the employee engagement drivers that are unique to millennials and learn how you can better develop an environment that helps to engage and retain them.

Engaged millennials are more productive, less likely to leave, and highly likely to recommend your organization to friends and followers on social media. Don't miss this opportunity to begin to engage millennials at your organization.

Learn more or register here.

August 4, 2016 | The Methodology: Selecting a Research Design for Your Study, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 4pm-5pm | Cost: FREE

Learn the characteristics of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research methodologies and the research designs used with each of these methodologies.

Register Here

August 11, 2016 | Developing an Academic Mentoring Network, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 4pm-5pm | Cost: FREE

Have you found an academic team that will support you on your academic journey? Learn the importance of an academic mentoring network and strategies to create one.

Register Here

September 8, 2016 | Getting in Sync with Your Tenure Clock, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 4pm-5pm | Cost: FREE

How do you create peace of mind when working against the tenure clock? Learn strategies to create a tenure plan and rethink your relationship to your tenure process.

Register Here

September 15, 2016 | Finding and Focusing Your Dissertation Topic: Setting out on Your Dissertation Journey, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 4pm-5pm | Cost: FREE

Finding a topic is the first step in your dissertation journey. In this webinar you will learn how to focus your topic and identify a gap in the literature. 

Register Here

September 22, 2016 | Publishing Your Dissertation Research, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 3pm-4pm | Cost: FREE

This webinar will walk you through the process of getting your dissertation ready for publication—whether you decide on a book manuscript or articles for submission to journals.

Register Here

September 27, 2016 | Dale Carnegie Skills for Success: Free Preview Session, sponsored by Dale Carnegie Training | Sullivan University, 2355 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY | 4:00pm-5:30pm | Cost: FREE

Look around you at successful business people, world leaders, professional athletes and famous entertainers. You'll find a disproportionately high number of Dale Carnegie Course graduates. In fact, the Dale Carnegie Course has transformed the lives of over 8 million graduates.

This renowned effective communication skills training course will help you master the capabilities demanded in today's tough business environment. You'll learn to strengthen interpersonal relations, manage stress and handle fast-changing workplace conditions. With this free corporate communication training sessions of our Dale Carnegie Course, you'll be better equipped to perform as a persuasive communicator, creative problem-solver and focused leader. And you'll develop a take charge attitude that allows you to initiate with confidence and enthusiasm.

Get the power for you to move far beyond your comfort zone as you stretch for and attain ambitious new goals with this corporate communication training course. Register today for an effective communication skills training session of our Dale Carnegie Course...FREE.

Learn more or register here

October 13, 2016 | Publishing Your First Journal Article, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 3pm-4pm | Cost: FREE

In this webinar you will learn how to address the fundamentals of crafting successful article submissions in the sciences and social sciences. 

Register Here

October 20, 2016 | The Review of Literature: Finding Your Way Out of the Literature Fog, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 4pm-5pm | Cost: FREE

Do you feel like you’ve lost your way in the review of literature? Do you read endless articles and find yourself no closer to completing your review of literature? In this webinar you will learn how to begin the literature review, organize your materials, decide when you've read enough, and synthesize the research.

Register Here

October 27, 2016 | Academic Branding: Improving Your Visibility, Network, and Career Opportunities, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 4pm-5pm | Cost: FREE

Academic Branding is a new approach to articulating your unique expertise and purposefully managing the way you are perceived in face-to-face and virtual encounters. Branding puts you in the driver’s seat, allowing you to tell the story you want to tell about yourself, your scholarship, and your leadership.

Register Here

November 2, 2016 | Writing an Academic Book Proposal, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 3pm-4pm | Cost: FREE

In this webinar you will learn how to identify essential documents to include in book proposal submissions, understand the purpose of each of the sections of an academic book proposal, select the best press for your work, and communicate with academic editors.

Register Here

November 17, 2016 | The Dissertation Proposal: Aligning Your Problem, Purpose, and Research Questions, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 4pm-5pm | Cost: FREE

Completing a dissertation proposal requires you to develop and tightly align your problem, purpose of study, and research questions. Join this webinar to learn how.

Register Here

June 20, 2017 | Dale Carnegie Skills for Success: Free Preview Session, sponsored by Dale Carnegie Training | Sullivan University, 2355 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY | 4:00pm-5:30pm | Cost: FREE

Look around you at successful business people, world leaders, professional athletes and famous entertainers. You'll find a disproportionately high number of Dale Carnegie Course graduates. In fact, the Dale Carnegie Course has transformed the lives of over 8 million graduates.

This renowned effective communication skills training course will help you master the capabilities demanded in today's tough business environment. You'll learn to strengthen interpersonal relations, manage stress and handle fast-changing workplace conditions. With this free corporate communication training sessions of our Dale Carnegie Course, you'll be better equipped to perform as a persuasive communicator, creative problem-solver and focused leader. And you'll develop a take charge attitude that allows you to initiate with confidence and enthusiasm.

Get the power for you to move far beyond your comfort zone as you stretch for and attain ambitious new goals with this corporate communication training course. Register today for an effective communication skills training session of our Dale Carnegie Course...FREE.

Learn more or register here

Ongoing | @ONE Project

The @ONE Project makes it easy for California Community College faculty and staff to learn about technology that will enhance student learning and success. @ONE’s programs provide training and online resources for free - or at a very low cost - thanks to funding from the California Community College Chancellor's Office Telecommunication and Technology Infrastructure Program (TTIP).

Each year, @ONE offers over 100 trainings, drawing more than 8,500 registrations. Workshops are taught by knowledgeable instructors who tailor their content to the specifics of the community college setting. The programs are also structured to fit a busy faculty or staff member’s schedule. Training formats include desktop webinars, instructor-led online courses, and self-paced training.

To learn more about available trainings, go here 

Ongoing | ADA QuickClasses

QuickClasses, offered by Pepnet2, cover a range of topics that assist the capacity building efforts of institutions, agencies, and individuals who work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Participants successfully completing QuickClasses receive "Verification of Training Completion" with information needed to receive CEUs. Five terms of QuickClasses are offered each year.

QuickClasses:

  • Are free of charge.
  • Are 6 weeks long.
  • Require 5 hours of work per week.
  • Have weekly deadlines for assignments.
  • Are asynchronous; they do not require you to be online at any specific time.
  • Require participation in weekly discussions.
  • Most are pre-approved for both CRCC and RID CEUs  

Go here to see upcoming QuickClasses and register.

Ongoing | ADA Resources & Training | Southeast ADA Center | Free Online Resources and Webinars

The Southeast ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network and a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They consist of ten regional ADA Centers and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center located throughout the United States (U.S.). They are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA's mission to "make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality."

To view these resources or register, go here.

Ongoing | Canvas Network

Canvas Network gives teachers, learners and institutions alike the place and platform to define the world of open online learning in a way that makes sense for everyone. It grows as teachers and learners apply it in individual ways and then share the results with the world.

Built on the same Canvas platform that millions already use to learn every day, Canvas Network will grow to be a gathering place for the open online courses, communities and collections that millions more will be able to use to evolve learning to meet their goals.

So take a course. Teach a course. Explore. Imagine.

Ongoing | CLEP Online Training Sessions

CLEP has launched a series of new professional development webinars. These free one-hour sessions are designed to meet the needs of faculty and testing professionals. Topics will be useful to those on campuses just beginning to use CLEP and to those who have more specific needs and questions.

To register for these sessions, go here.

Ongoing | Continuing Education and Professional Development| BCTC Workforce Solutions

Bluegrass Workforce Solutions provides continuing education, recertification, and relicensure courses for a variety of professionals. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) will be awarded for those courses and participants will receive a Certificate of Completion to be used for recertification/relicensure requirements. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.

Ongoing | Coursera | Free Online Courses

Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer FREE online courses for anyone to take. Their technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students in an effort to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. Their goal is to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Courses include a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others. Whether you're looking to improve your resume, advance your career, or just learn more and expand your knowledge, there are multiple courses that you may find interesting.

To explore and register for a course, go here.

Ongoing | EDUCAUSE LIVE!

EDUCAUSE® is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. They help those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. They view IT not only as technology, but as a system of people, processes, organizations, and challenges that are constantly evolving. Their programs and services focus on analysis, advocacy, community building, professional development, and knowledge creation to support the transformative role that IT can play in higher education. Finally, they offer many ways to help higher education professionals who use or manage information technology to keep up on trends and developments… many of which are provided online at no cost.

Find Adobe Connect technical requirements; past webinar archives; instructions for attending webinars using an iPhone, iPad, or Android-enabled device; and suggestions for making webinars a collaborative event on your campus on the EDUCAUSE Live! website 

Ongoing | ED2Go - Personal Enrichment/Professional Development Courses | BCTC Workforce Solutions

Online courses cover a variety of topics including accounting, personal finance, grant writing, computer skills, healthcare, sales and marketing, digital photography, starting your own business, health information management, creative writing, graphic arts, and web design, just to name a few. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.

Ongoing | Friday Live! | Fridays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Free Online Sessions

FridayLive! is a free, interactive, Internet-accessible, multimedia weekly series offered by The Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) Group. The TLT Group is a not-for-profit that helps college and university educators take advantage of changing technology so they can improve teaching and learning. As a non-profit, the TLT Group looks to enable collaboration, support, mutual understanding and communication among key stakeholders in an institution, and use evidence to make better decisions.

FridayLive! sessions alternate among a variety of topics: Dangerous Discussions, interviews, tech topics and tools. You can join FridayLive! on Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Even though the session is free, we'd prefer that you register in advance, unless you are an individual member and hold a season FASTPASS. Room opens at 1:45 p.m. Main session from 2:00 to 2:55 p.m. Closing until 3:00 p.m. Afterthoughts until 3:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, go here.

Ongoing | Innovative Educators | Free Trainings

Innovative Educators is dedicated to providing superior training focused on critical issues facing students and educators today. Our primary goal is to provide the information, training, and skills necessary to implement positive change on a personal, professional, and institutional level. Complimentary webinars address topics such as service-based learning, rubrics, advising, use of open educational resources, student engagement, campus safety, and much, much more.

To view a complete list of these free trainings and to register, go here 

Ongoing | KCTCS Leadership Courses | Online | Free

A variety of Leadership Courses are now available online through Blackboard. Courses include the following topics and may be accessed anytime from your own computer.

  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Coping with Difficult Behaviors
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking Skills

Review course descriptions and objectives.

View step-by-step instructions to enroll in a leadership online course.
 
Stay tuned for more online course opportunities.

For more information, contact OPDI@kctcs.edu.   

Ongoing | KCTCS Technology Training and Learning Center | FREE ONLINE RESOURCE

With more and more changes/features/functionality coming to Office 365, the employee intranet, PeopleSoft, etc. the need has never been greater for an online central training repository. System Office TS staff has assembled information in a central location, the Training and Learning Center. This online training is free and easily accessible.

Check it out and share with other KCTCS members.  

Ongoing | Lexington Public Library, Online Learning Collection | Free

The Lexington Public Library offers many free resources to its card holders. Among those free resources is their online learning collection. This collection provides free access to resources such as the following while also providing links to a variety of other resources:

  • LearningExpress Library - Practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want. Study for the GED, ACT, SAT, and many other entrance and professional exams. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.
  • Lynda.Com - Lynda.com helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Users receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.
  • Mango Languages - Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn more than 60 languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more. Learn English with narration in your native tongue through ESL courses taught in 15 different languages.
  • Tutor.Com - Live Homework Help is just the beginning. Pass the Citizenship test or study for the GED with help from an academic tutor. Search for a job, write an effective resume, or prepare for an interview with a career tutor. Real-time help on reports, essays and papers with tutors who explain the writing and proofreading process.

To learn more, go here.  

Ongoing | National Seminars Training | Limited Free Webinars - See below

National Seminars Training offers training on topics including Microsoft Office products, communication, conflict and confrontation, HR and ADA issues, project management, marketing, generational differences, and more. To view a complete list of these trainings, go here.

Limited access to webinars is available to BCTC at no cost. For more information and to recommend one of these webinars, please contact Miranda Hines.

Ongoing | QEP/Read for LIFE Professional Development

Every semester, all faculty attend professional development related to reading across the disciplines. Faculty learn reading strategies to apply in their classroom, therefore directly enhancing what is offered to our students. Faculty and staff may attend a face-to-face workshop or meet their professional development goals on-line. Staff may attend professional development to enhance reading across college-level programs such as student advising and to improve student comprehension of important terms used in “BCTC Literacy” such as SAP, and FERPA. Either way, opportunities to learn more about this initiative are readily available to all.

For more information about live and online training opportunities, please go here.

Ongoing | The Remote Advisor

The Remote Advisor is a new online tool that provides advising training to address working with students at a distance. This training satisfies a PD training requirement for faculty advisors.

To access this online tool, go here.

Ongoing | WADA ADA Live! | Wednesdays, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Free Online Sessions

WADA ADA Live! is a free monthly internet-based radio talk show to learn about the rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Sponsored by the Southeast ADA Center, mark your calendar to join this informative 30-minute discussion on the first Wednesday of each month, from 1:00 -1:30 p.m. During each live show, real-time captioning is available.

You may submit questions and connect to each show through www.adalive.org.